What is it about winter weather that makes cravings that much harder to fight off? Here are 5 tips that will help stop you from self-sabotaging and keep you away from the pantry:
1. Stay hydrated If you’re heading to the kitchen for a second or third cup of coffee each morning, it might make a great hand warmer, but if you’re adding lots of milk and sugar adding to the extra calories. Go grab a glass of water instead, then wait 10 minutes for the craving to pass. If it doesn’t, try a long black or a green tea instead (and skip the sugar!) – not only do they take longer to finish, they both do wonders for boosting your metabolism and helping your body burn the energy it already has stored as fat. Don’t forget to keep a big bottle of water on your desk and try to drink at least a litre before lunch, this will flush out any toxins and help with afternoon focus. If you don’t like the taste of water try infusing it with your favourite fruits – or try this combo: water infused with a mix of lime, strawberry and cucumber!
2. Get social Braving the weather to catch up with friends is a fantastic way to get a healthy dose of happy, which will fight of any boredom eating. Take your mind off food – if you want to take it a step further avoid catching up over a meal, get your friends up to the gym and catch up over a workout or after a HIIT class. You may even want to start a social sports team! Make it a weekly routine you can commit to and you’ll start feeling the benefits straight away.
3. Prepare your meals in advance Turn that lazy Sunday into your most productive day of the week. Decide on what you’ll be eating over the next week, go out and buy all the fresh meat and veggies you’d need, and if you can get all your meals cooked for the week, that’s fantastic! If you can’t cook everything on a Sunday that’s no biggie – when you have planned and bought ingredients for a weeks worth of meals in advance you’re already less likely to order any sneaky takeaway. Pssst… check out our last blog for some great tips on creating the perfect grab-and-go breakfast.
4. Repeat after me: trip-toe-fan Ok we’ve been telling you to start adding a bit more fat to your diet for a while now, and if you haven’t been taking that on board now is a great time to give it a go. Healthy fats will satiate that sugar craving. But what about eating foods that have those healthy fats that will satisfy you but that can also make you feel happier? Eggs, cheeses, tofu, salmon, nuts and proteins – especially Turkey meat – are high in tryptophan which is an amino acid that can increase serotonin levels when absorbed – make sure you eat these foods with a small amount of healthy carbohydrates like ric e or oatmeal (to help your body absorb the tryptophan) and you’ll be giving your body the fuel it needs to not only get through the day, but have you jumping out of bed the next day ready to tackle it head on!